Series: Game 1 of 4

Kansas City leads 1-0 (as of 7/19)

Game 1: Friday, July 19
Cleveland 5Final
Kansas City 8
Game 2: Saturday, July 20
Cleveland 5Final
Kansas City 7
Game 3: Saturday, July 20
Cleveland 5Final
in 10
Kansas City 3
Game 4: Sunday, July 21
Cleveland 12Final
in 10
Kansas City 13

Indians 5

(42-53, 18-30 away)

Royals 8

(41-54, 27-21 home)

    8:05 PM ET, July 19, 2002

    Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri 

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    W: S. Mullen (2-2)

    L: H. Murray (0-1)

    S: R. Hernandez (18)

    Ibanez continues torrid hitting in place of Sweeney

    KANSAS CITY Mo. (AP) -- While the Kansas City Royals beat Cleveland 8-5 Friday night for their eighth straight win, the Indians were continuing to rebuild.

    As John McDonald struck out to end the game, the Indians' trade of pitcher Chuck Finley was being announced.

    Finley, scratched from his start for the Indians, was sent to the St. Louis Cardinals for minor league first baseman Luis Garcia and a player to be named.

    "The team is getting younger,'' Indians interim manager Joel Skinner said. "This is part of the process.''

    "We're in a situation where some changes are being made and you have to stay positive. We're giving young players an opportunity and you go from there,'' he said.

    The deal left only Jim Thome and Omar Vizquel from a lineup that just two years ago had a player at every position with recent All-Star game experience.

    "That's part of every team,'' Thome said. "Every team goes through rebuilding processes. We've got a club here that's got some young guys on it who are learning how to play. That's the direction they wanted to go.''

    The Royals kept going in the right direction, and now have their longest winning streak since a 14-game string in 1994. The Royals came from behind for the sixth straight time during their winning streak.

    Raul Ibanez hit a three-run homer to highlight a five-run seventh inning.

    Ibanez recently set a Royals record with 13 RBI over three games and now has nine home runs and 27 RBI in his last 20 games. He's hitting .384 over that stretch.

    "He's been the hottest hitter on the ballclub,'' manager Tony Pena said. "He's taking every single opportunity. I don't know where we would be without him.''

    Scott Mullen (2-2) relieved in the sixth and got the victory. Roberto Hernandez pitched a scoreless ninth for his 18th save in 22 chances.

    Heath Murray (0-1) took the loss.

    Jason Phillips got the start for the Indians in place of Finley. Phillips found out at 4:30 p.m. that this would not be a rest day for him.

    "I was outside doing a little bit of running and stretching, my daily routine getting ready for tomorrow's start,'' he said.

    "It's something that I can't control. I've only been here a few weeks. If they have faith in me, I definitely have confidence in myself,'' he said.

    Phillips pitched five innings and gave up two earned runs on four hits. He walked three and struck out three.

    "Physically he was a day early, but mentally he went out there and competed and gave our ballclub a chance tonight,'' Skinner said.

    It was 3-all when Aaron Guiel led off the Royals seventh with a walk and Luis Alicea singled. Carlos Beltran also hit an RBI single and stole second, with a runner scoring on the play when the ball got loose.

    After Joe Randa was hit by a pitch, Ibanez launched his home run into the fountains in right field.

    The Royals took a 2-0 lead in the first off Jason Phillips. Guiel led off with a walk, Alicea followed with an infield hit and Beltran had an RBI single. Another run scored on Michael Tucker's RBI grounder.

    The Indians got a run back in the third on an RBI double by Milton Bradley.

    Although Royals pitcher Miguel Asencio owned a 2-1 lead after three innings, he already had thrown 91 pitches, 57 for strikes, including 32 foul balls.

    "The foul balls elevated his pitch count,'' Pena said. "He threw great. We tried to get him out of the fifth, but after he gave up the home runs, we felt that was enough.''

    Ellis Burks led off the Indians fifth with a home run. With two outs, Bradley also homered for a 3-2 lead.

    The Royals tied it in the fifth on a double error on first baseman Lee Stevens.

    Stevens mishandled Beltran's two-out grounder, then threw it into the runner. The ball caromed off Beltran into foul territory, allowing Brent Mayne to score from second. Ben Broussard and Chris Magruder homered in the eighth for the Indians.

    Game notes

    Bradley left the game after the top of the seventh with a strained right hamstring. He is listed as day-to-day. He was replaced in the lineup by McDonald. ... Indians 1B Jim Thome was not in the starting lineup with stiffness in his lower back. He was out of the lineup Thursday, too. He missed four games July 5-11 with lower back stiffness. ... Randa was back in the lineup after missing two games with a bruised left elbow.

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